Native American Authors
Mayo, of Kuna and Rappahannock ancestry, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She, along with her sisters Muriel and Gloria Miguel, helped found the Spiderwoman Theater group in 1975. Her activities have also included training as a mezzo-soprano at the New York School of Music and performing in musical theater. The Spiderwoman Theater group has had their plays “Power Pipes” published in Seventh Generation: An Anthology of Native American Plays (New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1999), and “Sun, Moon, and Feather” published in Contemporary Plays by Women of Color: An Anthology (London: Routledge, 1996.)
Awards and Honors
Received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Art degree from Miami University in 1997.
Online resources by or about Lisa Mayo:
NYC theater company weaves web of stories
Author: Jessica Kiesler
Description: A news story from the University of Illinois’ “Daily Illini” paper, from 10/4/96, covering a lunch with the members of the Spiderwoman Theatre.
Spiderwoman Theater: Lisa Mayo, Gloria Miguel, Muriel Miguel
Author: Native American Women Playwrights Archive
Description: This web site, hosted by the Native American Women Playwrights Archive, provides acces to an online exhibit of the Spiderwoman Theater papers (which were donated to the archive in 1996), as well as a link to a bibliography of works published by/about the Spiderwoman Theatre.
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